What You Can Do To Keep Your Lunchbox In Good Shape

If you pack your midday meal or prep your child or partner's lunch each morning and pack it in a lunch box, you know just how handy this container is. But it's possible that you haven't considered how often to clean it or even all the bacteria that can call this place home. After all, this box carries and holds food so microbes can easily grow and expand, even if you can't see them. Now that you're thinking about it, it's icky, isn't it? 

So it's important to take a few extra steps each afternoon or evening to ensure that the lunch box is clean. Plus, it will help keep your lunch pail in decent shape and last longer, according to Merry Maids.

After a long day at work, it's probable that unpacking the lunch pail is on the bottom of your list. But tossing or composting any food items that are no longer edible or safe to consume is helpful and important, as Kitchn explains. In fact, being quick to give it a clean will save time in the long run and keep your lunch box in decent shape day in and day out. So what are some of the steps to take to ensure that your lunch stays fresh and free from bacteria and the container stays clean?

Clean out your lunch box by wiping it inside and out as soon as possible

One of the best things to do is to open the lunch box when you get home and take out containers. According to StateFoodSafety, it's important to remove any plastic wrap, food storage containers, or perishable food as soon as possible to avoid bacteria from growing. This will help reduce the need for more intense cleaning and keep your lunch pail a safe place for your delicious lunch.

It's a good idea to let the containers soak in hot, soapy water to help remove any stuck-on food gunk and if possible, it's ideal to rinse them soon after using to minimize stains and food build-up (via Kitchn).

Wiping down the inside of your pail, bag, or box with a soapy sponge is also a good idea to help remove any bacteria and keep it clean (via StateFoodSafety). Then let it air dry and it will be ready to use the next day. Now, you know just what to do to ensure your lunch is in a clean environment and your lunch box will last a long time.